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Metal Church/Meliah Rage Banner 1989

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As you have read before, I got to see Metal Church and Meliah Rage on the Blessing in Disguise Tour in 1989.  I found the banner that I had made for the show that I thought was long gone.  Signed by both bands!

That was such a wonderful show.  Still, I wish Mike Howe would do another record with someone.

Enjoy the tattered banner.

Metal Church banner (click to enlarge)

 

Meliah Rage banner (click to enlarge)

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July 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm

King Diamond – August 16, 2000

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In 2000, I still had my online music store (Acacia Music) and was still getting into shows free that had bands on Century Media and Metal Blade Records as they were my 2 main wholesale distributors.  Lucky me.  This King Diamond show at famed Jaxx Nightclub was certainly one of them.  Shdaows Fall, Deep and Babylon Whores opened up this show.

After the show I was hanging out behind the venue hoping to meet the King.  I did get to speak with Andy LaRocque for a little bit and had him sign a few CDs for me, including my Death CD that he played on.  He saw that both Chuck Schuldiner had signed it and asked me where I got his signature.  Cool dude.

Someone tapped me on the should and said, “There’s King!”  He was getting in a car, no makeup on and I just put my hand out and said, “King, thanks for all the great music over the years!”  He shook my hand as he was getting in the car and said, “Thanks!  Gotta run, man.  Thanks for coming.”  Perfect.  I was totally happy with that.

 

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June 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Meeting UDO/Raven – June 17, 2000

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My good friend Nyk invited me to stay the weekend with him in Northern Virginia the same weekend that UDO and Raven were playing Jaxx Nightclub in Springfield.  While I’m not the biggest Accept or Raven fan, I knew that we would be on the guestlist because at the time, Nyk was friends with John Gallagher of Raven.  It would also be a good opportunity to get some more sigs in The Book.  Raven’s drummer at the time was Hasselvander from Pentagram, a band that I am a HUGE fan of, so the chance to meet him is worth the trip in itself.  And to be clear, I love Restless and Wild and Balls to the Wall but I’m not as familiar with their other albums.  I owned Metal Heart and Russian Roulette at some point but I really don’t remember either one of them.  And Raven?  I’m not a fan…at all.  There, I said it.  Talented dudes, but not my thing.

The day of the show we have dinner with the Gallagher brothers and they were super nice guys. If memory serves me well, dinner was at an Asian place.  A few Raven fans spotted them and came over to say hello.  Honestly, prior to that day I wouldn’t know those dudes if they were standing next to me.

They take off for the show and we bum around for a bit then head there ourselves.  We’re on the list and get to go in the “upper room” above the bar while one of the opening bands was on.  Hasselvander was up there and let me tell you, he is one of the coolest dudes around.  We talked about Pentagram quite a bit as he was still involved at the time and his connection with Blue Cheer and his new band, Hounds of Hasselvander.  He was putting on some eyeliner and with it he can really pass for Ozzy.  Fun dude.  He signed the book as well the Gallagher brothers and I went back to put it in the car.  It’s a bit of a pain to lug around all night.

Right as Raven was going on, we were just standing a ways back from the front and I turn to go get a drink or something and bump into this little stocky dude.  I said, “Oh, sorry man. ” and he replied with “No problem.”  And instantly it hit me.  It was Udo!  He must be about 5’1″ or so.   I shook his hand and asked him to sign my ticket (see below).

Both bands put on great shows, no matter if I liked the music or not.  The musicianship was top notch for sure.

Ticket signed by Udo...flip it over and you can almost make out his name.

Raven sigs in The Book on their page. (click to enlarge)

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June 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Iron Maiden – No Prayer For The Dying Concert Ticket

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This was my 2nd Maiden show.  Two pals of mine drove up with me to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA for this one.   Anthrax was opening on their Persistence of Time Tour.  I remember during Anthrax’s set that many of the folks in the front rows were sitting down and Belladonna had made some comments to the crowd about it.  Security was pretty tight for this show.  We had pretty decent seats up and off to the side.  At the end of Tailgunner (the opening song), they dropped stickers down from the roof and that’s what’s under the ticket in the photo below.

Setlist

  1. Tailgunner
  2. Public Enema Number One
  3. Wrathchild
  4. Die With Your Boots On
  5.  Hallowed Be Thy Name
  6.  22 Acacia Avenue
  7.  Holy Smoke
  8.  No Prayer for the Dying
  9.  The Clairvoyant
  10.  2 Minutes to Midnight
  11.  The Trooper
  12.  Heaven Can Wait
  13.  Iron Maiden
  14. The Number of the Beast
  15.  Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter
  16.  Run to the Hills
  17.  Sanctuary

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May 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Concert Ticket

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I was recently asked what my first Iron Maiden show was and it was this one, the Seventh Son tour.  I actually had tickets to see them on the Somewhere in Time Tour and had to give them up because of my grades.  That was a reality in my life growing up.  Looking back, I understand why it happened, but as a kid, I was pretty pissed to miss my favorite band.

Killer Dwarfs opened up this show.  They were terrible.  All I cared about was Maiden and they delivered…they always do.

$14.50 for a ticket?  Back then that seemed like a lot.  For many of the shows I see these days, I’d love to pay that!

Setlist:

  1. Moonchild
  2. The Evil That Men Do
  3. The Prisoner
  4. Infinite Dreams
  5. The Trooper
  6. Can I Play With Madness
  7. Heaven Can Wait
  8. Wasted Years
  9. The Clairvoyant
  10. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
  11. The Number of the Beast
  12. Hallowed Be Thy Name
  13. Iron Maiden
  14. Run to the Hills
  15. 22 Acacia Avenue
  16. 2 Minutes to Midnight
  17. Running Free

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May 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm

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